iPod Stuck in Recovery Mode – How to Fix it?

What is recovery mode?

Recovery mode is a tool used to reflash the device with a new OS. This might be done if the current OS is damaged, or if the device is getting upgraded through iTunes. It is easy enough to put a device on recovery mode. First, you need to turn on the device. Now, you need to press and hold the home button.

Next, you should connect your device to iTunes. Finally you will see the iTunes logo and a plug graphic on your screen. While it is easy enough to enter recovery mode, sometimes your iPod may get stuck in recovery mode. This can be very cumbersome. It may happen by accident, as well as consciously by a failed attempt to jailbreak the iPod.

Why iPod is stuck in recovery mode?

There are many reasons why your iPod may be stuck in recovery mode. Putting an iPod into recovery mode is easy enough. One reason may be that the recovery mode got initiated accidentally. This may be done by accident by someone who does not have knowledge about recovery mode activation, or just by coincidence.

  • While the fact that putting an iPod into recovery mode is good for when you actually might want to do it; it is also the reason why it may happen by accident.
  • Or, you may have activated recovery mode for a different purpose, but now it is stuck in recovery mode, and you don’t know how to fix it.
  • A very common reason for iPods to get stuck in recovery mode is if you attempted to jailbreak it and you were not successful, the iPod might get stuck in recovery mode.
  • There is another reason why this might happen – if you upgraded to the latest iOS version, and that triggered the recovery mode problem.

Whatever reason this might have happened, this problem can be fixed – with, and without iTunes. Read on to find directions.

How to get your iPod out of recovery mode with iTunes?

Looking to get your iPod out of recovery mode and are looking to do it with iTunes? You need to follow three basic steps to do this.

1. Plug in your iPod that is stuck in Recovery Mode to your PC. Launch iTunes. You may need to press the Home button while you do this. Either way, when it is done, iTunes will detect your device and allow you to restore it from a backup.


2. Unplug the iPod from from your PC. Now, turn it off. Press and hold the sleep button. You will shortly see the switch off/ on slider. Power off your iPod using this, by sliding the slider confirmation to switch off position. If this doesn’t work, press and hold the Sleep and Home buttons simultaneously to power it off. Try the direct option first, however.

3. Finally, press and hold the Home button. Connect the iPod with the USB cable while holding it down. Do not release the button till you see the iTunes logo and a graphic of the USB cable.


How to exit iPod from recovery mode without iTunes

There is another solution to this problem that doesn’t involve iTunes. Wondershare Dr Fone for iOS (iPhone data recovery software) can help with this problem. It is a data recovery software that works for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.  Using this, you can recover data from iOS device, from iTunes backup and from iCloud backup. Not only this, you can repair your Operating System too.


  1. Open Dr. Fone for iOS. On the options bar on the left, the last option is ‘Fix iOS to normal’. Choose this. Plug your iPod into your PC. Dr. Fone will detect your device. Click ‘start’ option when this happens.

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  1. Now, the correct software needs to be downloaded. Dr. Fone will automatically detect your device and the latest software version that is required. All you have to do is click on ‘download’.

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  1. In less than 10 minutes, the software will repair your device. Make sure to keep the device plugged, and not to use it while the process is ongoing.

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Your phone will be updated to the latest iOS version. If it was jailbroken before, that will be undone too.


How to boot your iPod into recovery mode?

It’s really simple to boot your iPod in the recovery mode and all you will need to do is to ensure that you follow some simple but effective steps. There are three simple steps to achieve this:

  1. Plug in your iPod to your PC. Launch iTunes.
  2. Now, you need to force restart you device. Do this by holding down the sleep and home buttons simultaneously for ten seconds. You will see the Apple logo, but don’t stop when it appears. Continue holding down the buttons. You will soon see the recovery mode screen.
  3. Now, you will see the option to either restore or update. Choose update. Now iTunes will download the software for your device. In case the download takes more than fifteen minutes or your device exits recovery mode, start all over again. This time choose the restore option.

These simple steps will ensure that your iPod is never stuck in the Recovery mode for long and you can continue to enjoy listening to music, no matter where you are.  It’s simple and it’s easy to work with your Apple iPod, if you know just what to do if you get your iPod stuck in the Recovery mode.